Local film production company signs deal with Korean channel Story TV to bring Jamaican underworld legends to Hollywood

Strike Star Entertainment’s Ricky Lee (second from right) with Story TV’s SunHae Bae (left) and Cheol Yong Yoo (right) and Hollywood screenwriter Paul Eckstein.

Local film production company Strike Star Entertainment has signed a deal with South Korea’s Story TV to produce a major film based on infamous Jamaican personalities from the international underworld.

The screenplay is set to be written by Narcos screenwriter Paul Eckstein and Godfather of Harlem fame, the stakeholders announced in a joint statement.

Story TV is best known for its Emmy-nominated hit K-drama series, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.

“We are thrilled to be in Jamaica and tell the world its well-kept hidden stories. We look forward to filming in Jamaica and believe Paul Eckstein is uniquely qualified to write this screenplay to produce an iconic Hollywood film,” Story TV CEO SunHae Bae, who was in Jamaica a few weeks ago to sign off on the project, said.

“This will not be the end of our commitment to Jamaica as we anticipate many television dramas to follow and flow from our work here with the Hollywood screenwriter,” Bae said.

Left to right) Peter Rinaldo, Thunda, Cheol Yong Yoo, Brett D Lewis, SunHae Bae, Steven Golding, Ricky Lee and Paul Eckstein.

Eckstein has been writing, producing and acting for more than 40 years and has already achieved international recognition for his work on hit films such as Hoodlum starring Laurence Fishburne and Cicely Tyson as far back as 1997, according to the statement.

The screenwriter has been brought into the project by local production company Strike Star Entertainment, run by Ricky Lee and his wife Raysa Lee, where he will complete the company’s board of directors alongside Steven Golding, well known for his work and its advocacy for education, culture and youth development.

Eckstein’s more recent success with Narcos, based on the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and Godfather of Harlem, based on the life of crime boss Bumpy Johnson, reportedly fueled his desire to work alongside Strike Star Entertainment, dedicated to portraying powerful stories of Jamaica’s most influential and sometimes infamous personalities who helped shape the American underworld where notorious gangsters and Hollywood icons sometimes got along, clashed or frolicked .

Without delving into the details of the upcoming project, the parties are all excited to bring an epic film based on a “True Life Story” from Jamaica to the screen in collaboration with Story TV, the statement said.

SunHae Bae and Cheol Yong Yoo are set to direct the film alongside veteran entertainment lawyer Bret D Lewis as Swedish co-producer and documentarian Peter Rinaldo, the statement added.

Gladys T. Hensley